Pedal power for air crews

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

STAFF from Rugby con­struc­tion firm Step­nell sad­dled up for a 300- mile char­ity cy­cle ride to cel­e­brate its 150th busi­ness an­niver­sary.

Thir­teen Step­nell em­ploy­ees took part, with seven com­plet­ing the en­tire route over four days and oth­ers join­ing them for sec­tions of the jour­ney. Start­ing from the com­pany’s Poole base, they vis­ited the Wan­tage, Kid­der­min­ster and Not­ting­ham of­fices be­fore cross­ing the fin­ish­ing line at the Rugby head of­fice.

Com­mer­cial man­ager Nick Gar­lick said: “The spirit among the rid­ers was very strong. We had some highs and lows, as ex­pected, but de­spite sev­eral in­juries, ev­ery­one pulled through to com­plete it.”

The cy­cle ride was or­gan­ised through a com­pany- wide char­ity fundrais­ing cam­paign. The event raised more than £ 5,000 as part of a na­tional fundrais­ing drive in sup­port of lo­cal air am­bu­lance ser­vices.

Tom Wake­ford, Step­nell joint man­ag­ing director, says: “Con­tribut­ing to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties has al­ways been at the heart of the way we do busi­ness. The cy­cle ride was a fun and chal­leng­ing way to mark our mile­stone an­niver­sary while also giv­ing some­thing back.

“The air am­bu­lance ser­vice does an amaz­ing job sav­ing peo­ple’s lives daily and it’s a plea­sure to be sup­port­ing such a worth­while cause.”

Step­nell staff have al­ready boosted the an­niver­sary fundrais­ing drive by hold­ing a dragon boat race with fur­ther events planned. The an­niver­sary marks the firm’s ori­gins in 1867, when John Bos­worth set up as a lo­cal builder in Daven­try to pro­vide con­struc­tion ser­vices to the Bri­tish Army at Wee­don Bar­racks and to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

If you would like to spon­sor the cy­cling team, do­nate through their Just Giv­ing page at just­giv­ing. com/ fundrais­ing/ step­nell- ltd- cy­cling- 150

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